Kim Sun Young
Stylist and entrepreneur Kim Sun Young was only 19 years old when she founded her first salon in Seoul in 1956, delivering the wild permed styles that were all the rage among Korean fashionistas of the time. By 1990, her ambition had propelled her and the company to its first US branch in Los Angeles, and it has since exploded into a total of five international locations that include outposts in New York, Chicago, and Australia. Her staff members have also multiplied from an original five to a current count of 400, enough to fully style a woolly mammoth within 10 seconds. Those stylists offer a cup of coffee or tea to every client who enters, and they’re trained as frequently as once a week in emerging techniques and products such as Vidal Sassoon and Wella color.